A Parent's Guide to Booster Seats - Page 4 May 7, 2001 at 7:25 PM CDT - Updated July 12 at 2:56 AM BOOSTER SEATS HELP SEAT BELTS FIT PROPERLY Properly fitting lap and shoulder belts reduce the potential for belt-induced injury which can occur when a lap or lap/shoulder belt is a small child's only restraint. Buying a booster seat All booster seats are required by law to comply with the same standards and guidelines as child safety seats. When buying a booster seat make sure that it has a label stating: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards." Never use a booster seat that has been in a crash. The seat may have defects that are not visible. Remember All children ages 12 and under should sit in the back seat, properly restrained whenever possible. It's safer! Never use just a lap belt across a child sitting in a belt-positioning booster. Never put the shoulder belt under a child's arm or behind the back because it eliminates the protection for the upper part of the body and increases the risk of severe injury in a crash. Never use pillows, books, or towels to boost a child. They can slide around and increase the likelihood of injury. State child passenger safety laws apply to infant, convertible, and booster child safety seats.